Diamond Head Road reopened following landslide

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police closed both directions of Diamond Head Road, from Coconut Avenue to the Diamond Head Lighthouse, for several hours after a retaining wall collapsed triggering a small landslide that spilled rocks, concrete and debris onto the pavement.

It happened right across the street from Makalei Beach Park, located at 3111 Diamond Head Road just after 2 p.m. Tuesday.  The road reopened at 9:15 p.m.

"What we're going to do is try to clear the roadway and stabilize what's left up there. After that, it's the homeowner who is responsible to either put some kind of netting up there to keep it from coming down onto the road. It's a safety issue obviously, so they're gonna have to do something immediately -- but we'll stabilize and clear the roadway and get things so the public can drive back & forth around here," said John Nigro of the City and County of Honolulu's Department of Facility Maintenance Road Division.

Officials aren't sure what caused the wall's instability but recent rains may have been a factor.

They will be closely monitoring the situation because there is a possibility more of the retaining wall could come down.

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